Piano Return to Playing Grades 5-8

When and Where

24 Apr 2020 - 10 Jul 2020 (20 hours, 10 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 12:00 - 14:00
Morley College London Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

Nikos Stavlas
Course code

What you will learn

A friendly mixed-level class to re-ignite your love of piano-playing and music. Suitable for those with at least two years' previous experience and ability to read music. Individual and group tuition on digital pianos. Join in any term.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • play with improved posture and hand position
  • demonstrate good warm-up and practice techniques and habits
  • play with sensitivity of touch, e.g. differentiating between legato and staccato
  • demonstrate independence of your hands and fingers
  • demonstrate goodmusic reading and writing skills, including elements such as dynamics, articulation and expression markings
  • Play new and familiar repertoire in a variety of styles
  • demonstrate improved aural and ensemble skills, and confidence in playing in front of others

Class format and activities

Listening to tutor explanation and demonstration
Playing with and to others in the class
Playing individually to the tutor
Listening to others and group discussion
Aural and theory exercises

You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English.
Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom.
Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course is for those with the equivalent of at least two years’ experience of playing the piano, or returning to playing after a time away from the keyboard.
You will need access to a piano (acoustic or digital) outside class.
You should be willing and able to do short, regular practice sessions between classes: at least 20-30 minutes, at least 4-5 times a week.

What you need to know before you enrol

You should be careful when playing the piano to maintain good posture and take regular breaks to stretch and relax, to avoid overuse injuries.

What you will need for your class

Notebook, pencil and eraser, and manuscript paper for music notation.
Any piano repertoire you would like to work on. Schott Music (at 48 Great Marl­bor­ough Street, Lon­don W1F 7BB) offer a 12% discount to Morley students. https://schottmusiclondon.com
Music and other materials will be also supplied by the tutor.

What you can do next

You may take this course for as many terms as you wish but you are encouraged to join one of the main piano courses when you start feeling more confident with your playing.
Morley offers piano courses up to advanced level; the tutor can refer you to the appropriate level.
You may also be interested in the 'Chamber Music (Intermediate)' course or any Music Reading, Theory & Musicianship course, such as 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 3-5', 'ABRSM Music Theory Grade 6-7', 'Aural Training & Musicianship 2'.
You may be interested in Music history courses Morley College offers, such as ' The History of the Piano' or the 'Brief History of Western Music from 1600 to 1800'.